|U.S. Senate, Nebraska|
|January 3, 2001-January 3, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 7, 2006|
|Bachelor's||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Master's||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|J.D.||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Birthday||May 17, 1941|
|Place of birth||McCook, Nebraska|
|Profession||Attorney, Insurance Executive|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Nelson was born in McCook, in southwestern Nebraska. He earned a B.A. in 1963, a M.A. in 1965, and a J.D. in 1970 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Nelson made his name and money in the insurance industry. After graduating from law school, Nelson landed a job as assistant general counsel for Central National Insurance Group of Omaha. In 1975, he became state insurance director before going back to work for Central National Insurance as an executive vice president and eventually president. He won his first elected office in 1990 when he became governor of Nebraska.
Nelson serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit
- Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
- Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health
- Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Subcommittee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Legislative Branch (Chairman)
- Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Subcommittee on Personnel
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces (Chairman)
Nelson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.
|United States Senate Nebraska General Election, 2006|
|Democratic||Ben Nelson Incumbent||63.9%||378,388|
|U.S. Senate, Nebraska, 2006 - Ben Nelson Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$13,424,896|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$13,417,690|
|Top contributors to Ben Nelson's campaign committee|
|Level 3 Communications||$56,800|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$34,400|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$305,399|
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Nelson paid his congressional staff a total of $2,489,798 in 2011. He ranked 11th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 40th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Nebraska ranks 38th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Nelson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $6,562,096 and $13,799,001. That averages to $10,180,548.50, which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.
Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.
According to the data released in 2013, Nelson was ranked the 48th most conservative senator during 2012.
According to the data released in 2012, Ben Nelson was ranked the 48th most conservative senator during 2011.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Ben Nelson has voted with the Democratic Party 79.6% of the time, which ranked 51st among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Ben + Nelson + Nebraska + Senate
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- Is Chris Christie Actually the Perfect Antidote to Obama? - Slate Magazine
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- Cindy Lange-Kubick: Before Twitter, there was Lois - Lincoln Journal Star
- Hassebrook says strong rural showing is key in Nebraska contest - Sioux City Journal (blog)
- Lexie Wakan LaMere - Sioux City Journal
- Dodge County voters have a lot to decide this year - Fremont Tribune
- Capitol View: Heineman's bold tax proposal, legacy or folly? - Gering Citizen
- Capitol View: Politics 2014 ? Who's In, Who's Out ? Make A List - Gering Citizen
- Sen. Roberts Introduces Abortion Insurance Disclosure Bill - National Right to Life News
- UNL grad ready for next big move - Lincoln Journal Star
He is married to Diane Nelson.
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- Gov Track "Ben Nelson," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Ben Nelson," Accessed October 21, 2011
- Ben Nelson Official Senate Website "About Committees," Accessed October 21, 2011
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
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- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- Open Secrets "Ben Nelson 2006 Election Data," Accessed October 26, 2011
- LegiStorm "Ben Nelson"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Nelson, (D-Nebraska), 2010"
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
J. Robert Kerrey
|United States Senate - Nebraska
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Deb Fischer (R)
Kay A. Orr
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